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Monday, November 29, 2010

HPSWU EMEA Update #1

Last night in Barcelona at the Vivit Worldwide chapter leaders dinner, Dr. Andreas Birk accepted the volunteer of the year award for his work in establishing and growing the TQA Special Interest Group.

Karen Semonsen, President of Vivit Worlwide, presented Dr. Birk with the award to a round of applause from his peers.

It was a fantastic evening of dining and fellowship at the 7 Portes restaurant. The Vivit Board of Directors hosted notable Vivit chapter and SIG leaders from across the EMEA region who braved the near whiteout conditions across North & West Europe to travel to the dinner the night prior to the EMEA HP Software Universe event, here in Barcelona.

Also honoured by special mention was Olli Laiho from Finland for his work on the TQA SIG. All the Vivit volunteers in EMEA and around the world are sincerely appreciated for their tireless efforts and personal sacrifices to share knowledge, build community, and promote advocacy in application and operations management software and best practices. If you are interested in connecting with HP Software users in your region/country/city, stop by the Vivit booth (B06) on the HPSWU Barcelona show floor (right beside the Demo Theatre) and ask one of our great team members for more information.

Prior to last nights festivities, the Vivit Board of Directors had spent two long work days sequestered in a board room to prioritise and assign the tactical workload that will make the Vivit strategic vision into reality. Future updates on the Vivit site will announce some of the results of this work, but it was the most productive board meeting I've personally attended, and the directors seemed to all leave surprisingly energised for a group suffering from jet lag.

If you're in Barcelona, and want to get an idea of some of the exciting things Vivit is planning for 2011, please make sure you stop by the booth, or look for any of the board members or chapter leaders wearing FC Barcelona jerseys under their suit jackets - and stop by the booth for you chance to win your own authentic FC Barcelona jersey. Boy, are we glad they won last night!